An easy Munro for a wet day – [# 227]

Fionn Bheinn (933m) 

  • Pronunciation:             Feeown Vane
  • Translation:                  Light-coloured Hill
  • Total distance:             12.9km
  • Total time:                    3hrs 33mins
  • Total ascent:                 857m
  • Weather:                       Started dull and overcast with the hills blanketed in thick mist. It turned showery from mid-morning as per the mountain weather forecast.
  • Start / end location:   Parking by Achnasheen railway station. [OS Map Sheets 20 & 25 – Grid Ref: NH 164 585 (Sheet 25)]
  • Map:                               A map of route can be found here – it may take a few moments to load into a separate window. The map displays on most browsers, but not unfortunately Internet Explorer.

Following the Allt Achadh na Sine burn en route to Fionn Bheinn

The weather forecast for today was for a damp misty start leading to heavy persistent rain by the early afternoon. Armed with this forecast, we decided to tackle a short easy ascent in order that we could keep pressing ahead with our Munro count and not lose a day’s climbing to bad weather. And so, from our location near Kinlochewe in Torridon, an ascent today of Fionn Bheinn just north of Achnasheen seemed to tick all of the boxes.

We parked at the railway station in the little village of Achnasheen and crossed the A832 to its north side where we picked up a faint path immediately to the east side of the Allt Achadh na Sine burn. We followed this path along the course of the burn, passing a small water treatment plant after just a few hundred metres of walking. Just beyond the water plant the path steepened a little as it climbed from 200m to 500m, where the angle then flattened out reaching a large col of peat hags and heather moorland.

Cameron by the summit Trig Point on Fionn Bheinn

At the col the faint path we were on ceased and in the thick mist visibility was down to just a few tens of metres. We turned northward on a bearing that led us into the shallow indentation formed out of the western slope of Creagan nan Laogh and climbed this grassy feature all the way until we intersected Fionn Bheinn’s main east ridge at a height of 860m. Once of the ridge we turned left (west) and another easy climb of 70m brought us to the Trig Point on the summit at 933m or 3,061ft.

The weather was such that we took one quick summit photograph in the thick mist and returned to the point where we’d joined the main ridge. We could have headed back by our ascent route, but instead decided to continue east along the broadening ridge to Sail an Tuim Bhain. A path marked on the OS map appeared to contour round the nose of Sail an Tuim Bhain but we struggled to find it at its highest point on the northern side of the hill. We then crossed to the south side of the hill and descended directly south to ensure that we would definitely cross the path, which we did. The path was extremely faint (probably little used) and this was perhaps why we had difficulty finding it higher up on the northern side of the hill.

Once on the path we followed it all the way to a gate in a fence enclosing the north side of a confer plantation. The path continued through the plantation and by the time we exited from the south side we were only a few hundred metres from the A832 road and just 1km east of our starting point at the railway station.

About Cameron Speirs

Born and brought up in the Scottish Highlands, Cameron, has been interested in outdoor pursuits since he was a wee lad. Over the last few decades he has climbed extensively in the Italian Dolomites as well as summiting the Matterhorn and several other 4000m alpine peaks. Closer to home he has spent many wonderful weekends mountaineering and biking in Snowdonia, Cairngorms, Glen Coe, Skye and Lochaber.
This entry was posted in Mountain, Munros and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.